Head of Economic Department | Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU
Stephan Raes started working as the Head of the Economic Department at the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the EU in August 2013. Before that he was the Economic Minister at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC. He held several positions at the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, most recently as director Strategy, Research and International Affairs at the Directorate General for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He worked on general micro and macro-economic policy making, innovation and entrepreneurship policy, as well as in the fields of trade policy, trade and investment promotion and international technology scouting. Stephan Raes holds a PhD in International Relations (University of Amsterdam), and a master degree in European Studies. His publications focus on international trade policy, immigrant entrepreneurship, the textile and clothing industries and productivity. From 1990 until 1999 Stephan Raes worked as a lecturer at Nijmegen University in the Netherlands, where he taught Political Economy of the Middle East and the Mediterranean Region.